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Extracts from the Minutes, &c. 



OP THE 



Siptlt ¥*a*l# ®onttvmtt f 



AND THE 



FIRST ANNUAL STATE CONFERENCE, 



OF THE 



METHODIST SOCIETY. 



Held in the City of New- York, 
IN NOVEMBER, 1826, AND JUNE, 1827. 



NEW-YORK: 

PUBLISHED FOR THE SOCIETY BY AARON G. BREWER, 
No. 101 Thompson-Street. 

1827. 



MINUTES, &c. 



The Sixth Annual Conference of the Methodist Society- ■ 
("being forbidden to meet in Chrystie-Street Meeting House ; 
by a printed note, in the New-York Observer, signed by 
W m - Stilwell, and the Trustees of the Congregation in Chrystie- 
Street; of which Mr. Stilwell had the charge) — met in Sullivan- 
Street Meeting House, on the 8th day of November, 1 826. It 
being according to the previous and legal adjournment. 

After reading the Scriptures, and prayer, Dr. James Cove! 
was elected President, and John C. Kelley, Secretary. 

Ques. 1. Who are the Delegates? 



Ans. 



15. 



Names. 

James Lyon - - - 

David Holmes 

James Reeves - - - - 

William H, Brackett - ■ 

Robert M'Gee - - - 
Zepheniah Halsey 

John Van Horn - - 

Isaiah Sickles - - - 
John C. Kelley - 

Matthew Vogle - - 

Francis Mitchell - - - 
Jonas Gregory - 
Nathaniel Williams, jun. 

James M'Chesne'y - 

Richard Robertson - - 



Residence. 

Bedford, N, Y-> 
■New- York, 



Philadelphia. 
White Lake, JV. Y 
Hancock, N. Y. 
Newark, N J*. 



- Brookfield, L. I. 
Ques, 2. Who are the Elders belonging to this Conference , 
Ans. James Covel - - - - New- York. 

George Philips ... — 

Aaron G. Brewer - - — 

Daniel Ireland « — ~ 



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Names. 
Taber Chadwick 
Denny Chapman - - 
John Lounsberry 
Joseph Pearce 
Robert Dillon - - 
John B. Tyler - 
William T. Vanote - 
Samuel Budd - - - 
Thomas W Pearson - 
George Thomas * 
Thomas West * - - 
Lorenzo Dow, General 



Residence. 
Shrewsbury, N. J. 
Newark, N, J, 
Andes, N. Y, 
Southbury, Conn. 
Saugerties, N. Y. 
Mount Pleasant, Venn. 
Howell, N. J. 
New Mills, N J. 
Bedford, N Y 
Philadelphia. 



Missionary. 

Note. Those marked thus * were ordained at this Conference. 
Ques. 3. Who are the Deacons ? 
Ans. William Ducker - - - New- York. 

Daniel D. Tompkins - - Philipstown, N. Y. 
Elias Griswould, jun. (elect) Andes, N Y. 
Jonas Hobbs - - Warwick, N Y, 

Elizur W Griswould * - Brookfield, L. L 
James Jerman * - - - Bedford, N. Y. 
Robert Cuddey - - - New- York. 

8. Josiah Meritt (elect) - - — 

Note. Those marked thus * were ordained at this Conference. 
Ques. 4. Who are the licensed Preachers ? 
Ans. William Lippincott, jun. Howell, N. J. 

Shrewsbury, N. J. 

Marlborough, N. Y. 



13. 



Isaac Pintard - 
John Rhodes - - 
Gersham Howland 
Nathan Williams 
Zebedee Herbert 
John Hains 
William Clayton - 
Abraham Stephens 
David Stephens - 
John Stephens 
Oglesby Stenyeard 
William Burnett - 



Andes, N. Y 
Colchester, N. Y 
Philadelphia. 

Andes, N Y 
Sugar Loaf, N. Y 



Warwick, N. Y. 
New- York. 



Ques. 5. Have any Preachers died this year ? 
Ans. None, 

Quea. 6. Have any been expelled ? 
Ans. None. 



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Ques. 7. Have any withdrawn ? 

Ans In consequence of the Convention, and the treneral 
Union formed by it, of dissenting Methodists, there were some 
who did not consent to, nor adopt the measures of the Union. 
Their names are as follows : 
William M. Stilwell, 



David Pitt Candell, 
Isaac Lent, 
John Eustace, 
Joseph Craft, 
Lewis Gorden, 
Israel Hammond, 
Peter C. Hunt, 
Wilmouth Oakley, 
Josiah R. Clark, 
Richard Miller, 
Jared Spalding, 



Elders 



of the New- York 
Conference. 



Deacons of the New- York 
Conference. 



> Licesned Preachers of the 
$ New-York Conference. 

Note. Licensed Preachers are not members of the Yearly 
Conference. — See Discipline, page 22, section 5th. 

Ques. 8. Have any Preachers been received at this Con* 
ference ? 

Ans. Yes. 
Daniel Ireland, 
George Thomas, 
Thomas West, 



From the Methodist Episcopal Church. 



Joseph Pearce, 



From the Connecticut Conference of tli€ 
Methodist Society. 
Robert Cuddey, ordained Deacon in the M. E. C. 
Josiah Meritt, received and elected a Deacon. 

Note. We wish it observed, that we have not named the 
brethren of the Connecticut Conference ; because we have not 
ascertained any thing particular from them, (as a Conference), 
relative to their determinations. 

Note. After the Conference had finished the regular business 
of the Sixth Yearly Conference of the Methodist Society, the 
Improved Discipline, (formed by the Convention, in the city of 
New- York, in May and June 1826), was presented to the Con- 
ference for its adoption, and after being deliberated upon, 

It was unanimously resolved, that we adopt said Discipline, 
for the government of this Sixth Yearly Conference, and all 
future Annual State Conferences of the Methodist Society ; and 
recommend the adoption of it, among all bur District Meetings, 
Quarterly Meeting Conferences, and Societies. 



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The Conference then resolved itself into a District Meeting, 
according- to the rules of the Improved Discipline, and adjourned 
to an indefinite time, to wait for the meeting of the Annual 
State Conference. 

James Covel, President. 
John C Kelley, Secretary. 

Note. The Minutes were to have been printed on the 1st of" 
January 1827 ; and the Address in the Rochester Minutes (of 
June 1 826) was to have been printed in ours ; but we did not 
get the numbers belonging to the Connection : and therefore 
did not put them to Press. 

N. B. Let it be observed, that we have not yet obtained Ihe 
numbers of any, except the Rochester and Baltimore Confer- 
ences. And as we wish only to publish a true statement of the 
condition of the ;Y] ethodist Society, we shall omit, (for want of 
accuracy), printing the numbers in general. 



MINUTES, &c. 

The first Annual State Conference of the Methodist Society 
met in -Sullivan-Stret t Meeting- House, on the 27th day of 
June 1827 : notice having been given, according to Discipline, 
through the medium of Circulars. 

At eleven o'clock, a. m. there was a sermon preached by the 
Rev. Dr. James Covet. At two o clock, p. m. the Conference 
convened for business, and after reading the Scriptures, and 
prayer, proceeded to organize. Rev. Taber Chadwick was 
elected President, and George Thomas, Secretary. 

Ques. 1. Who are the Commissioners, of the private mem- 
bers, to this Conference ? 

Names. Residence. 

Ans. James Reeves - - New- York. 
William H. Brackett - - — 

Isaac Odell - - - - — 
Robert M' Gee - — 
John Van Horn - — 

Matthew Vogle - - - — 

Isaiah Sickles - - - - — 

William Howard - - - PUtston, Luzerm, Penii* 

Fowler Dickens - - Philadelphia. 



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Names. Residence. 

Stephen Horton - - - Warwick N. Y 
11. David Holmes - - - Bedford, N. Y 

Note. A number of other Commissioners were elected ; but 
could not attend. 

Ques. 2 Who are the Elders belonging to this Conference ? 



Ans. 



18. 

Note. 



James Covel 
Taber Chad wick - - 
Daniel Ireland - . 
Thomas W est - - 
Aaron G. Brewer 
Levi Brunson - - 
George Thomas 
George Philips 
John Lounsberry - - 
Robert Dillon t - . 
Denny Chapman t 
John B. Tyler t 
William T.Vanotej- 
Samuel Budd | - - 
Lorenzo Dowj - - 
Daniel D. Tompkins * 
Jonas Hobbs* - - 



New- York. 
Shrewsbury, N. J. 
New York. 



Danbury, Conn. 
Philadelphia. 
New- York 
Andes, ^. Y. 
baugerties, N. Y. 
Newark, N. J. 
Mount Pleasant, Penn 
Howell N Y. 
New Mills, N. J. 
Mont-Ville Conn. 
Philipstcwn, N. Y 
Warwick, N. J. 

present at this 



were not 



Those marked thus t ..«« _ F , coclJt ttl UJJ , 
Conference ; and those marked thus * were ordained at this 
Conference. 
Ques. 3. Who are the Deacons ? 
Ans. EliasGriswouldJun. (elect) Andes, N.Y. 
Ehzur W Griswould - Bedford, NY. 

James Jerman - - 

Robert Cuddey - - New-York. 

5. Isaac Pmtard* - . . Shrewsbury, N. Y 

£ se ; a t d thuS t T ere ordained at this Conference. 
Ques. 4. Who are the licensed Preachers ? 



Ans. William Lippincott 
Abraham Stephens 
David Stephens - 
John Stephens 
John Rhodes - - 
Gersham Howland 
William Clayton - 
Nathan Williams 
Zebedee Herbert - 



Howell, N. J. 
Sugar Loaf, N. Y. 

Marlborough, N. Y. 
Andes, N. Y. 

Colchester, N. Y. 
Philadelphia. 



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Names; Residence. 

JohnHains - - - - Philadelphia. 
1 1 , Oglesby Stenyeard - - Warwick, N. Y. 

Ques. 5. Have any Preachers died this year ? 

Ans. None. 

Ques. 6. Have any been expelled ? 

Ans. Josiah Meritt. 

Ques. ?. Have any been suspended ? 

Ans. Thomas W. Pearson. 

Ques. 8. Have any withdrawn ? 

Ans. William Burnett and William Ducker. 

Ques. 9. Where do the Preachers labour this year 1 

Ans. Aaron G. Brewer, to travel throughout the bounds oi 
this Annual State Conference, and to visit the brethren in 
Georgia. 

Dr. James Covel, missionary, and to visit the brethren in 
Georgia, and in Andes, N. Y. 

New- York District. 

New-York I Sumvan_stree ^ \ Thomas West, in charge. 

City, j pj^.g^egt \ Daniel Ireland, in charge. 

I ° ' 5 George Philips, Assistant. 
Staten Island ) t» . A ~ , , 
and elsewhere, \ Robert Cud(le y- 
Long Island, To be supplied. 

Eastern District. 

f James Jerman, 
Bedford j Elizur W Griswold, 
Circuit. J Levi Brunson, and 

L Daniel D. Tompkins, 

Westfield District. 



To travel. 
Assistants. 



Rockland 
Circuit. 



r John Lounsberry, In charge. 
Elias Griswold, Jr. "| 
{ Gershom Howland, 1 , . A , 
I Nathan Williams, f Assistan * s - 



j 



Warwick 

Circuit, 



In charge. 



I William Clayton, 

' Jonas Hobbs, 
John Rhodes, 
Abraham Stephens, 
Oglesby Stenyeard, 
John Stephens, [ Assistants 

David Stephens, J 



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Be cM ds i The char ^ e to be su pp ned * 

Jersey and Pennsylvania Distbict, 

Bnrlixgtm Sf\ 

Gloucester \ Samuel Budd, Missionary. 

Counties, fyc. ) 

fTaber Chad wick, In charge. 
William T. Vanote, \ 
Isaac Pintard, \ Assistants. 

(.William Lippincott, ) 
Newark, Denny Chapman. 

f George Thomas, In charge. 
Philadelphia. < Zebedee Herbert, f A . 

L John Hains, \ ^uiOanli. 

Lorenzo Dow, General Missionary. 

Ques. 10. What are the boundaries of this Annual State 
Conference ? 

Ans. Its bounds to commence at the mouth of the Susque- 
iiannah Eiver, fwim thence north to Canada line, and following 
the same m the most direct course to Boston ; and thence fol- 
lowing the shores of the Atlantic, and ^so -to the place of be- 
ginning. r 

Ques. 11 How many districts shall be laid off within the 
•.bounds of this Annual State Conference ? 
Ans. Four at present. 
Ques. 12. By what names shall they be called ? 

t)\tZ\ 7 hG f? Sh ^n he knownb y ^e name of the York 
district, bounded as follows.: commencing with New- York 
city, and following the Hudson River to TaTytown from 
thence by a strait hue to the Sawphta, and to eXce Long 

trict h «nd C r d, ff be r 1 T Wn by tbe Mme « f lbe Eastern Dis- 
trict and bounded as follows : on the south by the line of the 

Hn°e ML XT \^^f^^^C^ 

ince i^i« nT hy * hG hne of the Anm * Sttte Confer- 
ence including all the eastern section of the same. 

trict and bo- li ^T bj the name of the Afield Dk~ 
IhXnn " p f a8 m °™ : SOttth h ? a ^raight line from the 

luotmitji, from Jhenc, up the avn9 to the Canada fee, «£ 

A £ 



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thence easterly down the Hudson River to the place of begin- 
ning. 

The fourth shall be known by the name of the Jersey and 
Pennsylvania District, and bounded as follows : northerly by 
the south line of the Westiield District, easterly by the Hudson 
River and Atlantic, southerly and westerly by the line of the 
Annual State Conference. 



RESOLUTIONS OF CONFERENCE, &c. 

Resolved, That the next Annual State Conference meet in 
the city of New- York, on the first Wednesday in June, 182S. 

Resolved, That inasmuch as there are but few of the Rev. J. 
Wesley's Rules of Holy Living in our discipline, we annex 
them generally to our Minutes, for the good ordering of our 
societies within the bounds of this Annual State Conference. 
They are as follows : — 

GENERAL RULES* 

The General Rules of the United Societies in London, Bristol, 
Kingswood, and JYeivcastle-upon Tyne, Sfc. to which arc 
added, sundry particular Regulations made in some latt 
Conferences of the Preachers. 

1. In the latter end of the year 1739, eight or ten persons 
came to me in London, who appeared to be deeply convinced 
of sin, and earnestly groaning for redemption. They desired 
(as did two or three more the next day,) that I would spend 
some time with them in prayer, and advise them how to flee 
from the wrath to come, which they saw continually hangino- 
over their heads. That we might have more time for this great 
work, I appointed a day when they might all come together • 
which, from thenceforward, they did every week • viz. on 
Thursday in the evening. To these, and as many more as 
desired to join with them, (for their number increased daily ) 
I gave those advices from time to time which I juc'o-ed most 
needful for them ; and we always concluded our meetino- w ith 
prayer suitable to their several necessities. 

2. This was the rise of the United Society, first in London 
and then in other places. Such a society is no other than 
•" A company of men having the form, and seeking the power 
of Godliness : united, in order to pray together, to receive the 
word of exhortation, and to watch over one another in love 
that they may help each other to work out their salvation " 

>, That it may the more easily be discerned, whether thev 



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are indeed working out their own salvation, each society is 
divided into smaller companies, called classes, according to 
their respective places of abode. There are about twelve per- 
sons in every class ; one of whom is styled the leader. It is 
his business, 

(1.) To see each person in his class, once a week at least, in 
order, 

To inquire how their souls prosper ; 

To advise, reprove, comfort, or exhort, as occasion may re- 
quire ; 

To receive what they are willing to give towards the sup- 
port of the gospel. 

(2.) To meet the minister and the stewards of the society 
once a week, in order, 

To inform the minister of any that are sick, or of any that 
walk disorderly and will not be reproved ; 

To pay to the stewards what they have received of then- 
several classes in the week preceding : And 

To show their account of what each person has contributed. 

4. There is one only condition previously required of those 
who desire admission into these societies, viz. " a desire to flee 
from the wrath to come, and be saved from their sins :" but 
wherever this is really fixed in the soul, it will be shown by 
its fruits. It is therefore expected of all who continue therein, 
that they should continue to evidence their desire of salvation, 

First, by doing no harm, by avoiding evil of every kind ; 
especially that which is most generally practised. Such as 

The taking the name of God in vain : 

The profaning the day of the Lord, either by doing ordinary 
work thereon, or by buying or selling. 

Drunkenness ; buying or selling spirituous liquors ; or 
drinking them, unless in cases of extreme necessity : 

Fighting, quarrelling, brawling ; brother going to law with 
brother; returning evil far evil, or railing for ratling: the 
using many words in bu^ ing or selling : 

The buying or selling uncustomed goods : 

The giving or taking things on usury, i. e. unlawful interest : 

Uncharitable or unprofitable conversation ; particularly speak- 
ing evil of magistrates or of ministers. 

Doing to others as we would not they should do unto us : 

Doing what we know is not for the glory of God : as, 

The putting on of gold or costly apparel : 

The taking such diversions as cannot be used in the name of 
the Lord Jesus. 



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The singing those songs, or reading those books, that do not 
tend to the knowledge or love of God : 

Softness, and needless self-indulgence : 

Laying up treasure upon earth : 

Borrowing without a probability of paying : or taking up 
goods without a probability of paying for them. 

5. It is expected of all who continue in these societies, that 
they should continue to evidence their desire of salvation, 

Secondly-, By doing good, by being in every kind merciful 
after their power, as they have opportunity ; doing good of 
every possible sort, and as far as possible to all men ; 

To their bodies, of the ability that God giveth, by giving 
food to the hungry, by clothing the naked, by visiting or helping 
them that are sick, or in prison : 

To their souls, by instructing, reproving, or exhorting all 
we have any intercourse with : trampling under foot that en- 
thusiastic doctrine of devils, that, " We are not to do good, 
unless our hearts be free to it." 

By doing good especially to them that are of the household 
of faith, or groaning so to be ; employing them preferably to 
others, buying one of another, helping each other in business ; 
and so much the more, because the world will love its own, 
and them only. 

By all possible diligence and frugality, that the gospel Ik 
not blamed. 

By running with patience the race that is set before them. 
denying themselves, and taking up their cross daily ; submitting 
to bear the reproach of Christ ; to be as the filth and offscouring 
of the world ; and looking that all men should say all manner 
of evil of ihem falsely for the Lord's sake. 

6. It is expected of all who desire to continue in these so- 
cieties, that they should continue to evidence their desire of 
salvation : 

Thirdly, by attending on all the ordinances of God : sue If 
are, 

The public worship of God : 

The ministry of the word, either read or expounded 

The supper of the Lord : 

Family and private prayer : 

Searching the scriptures : and 

Fasting, or abstinence. 

7. These are the General Rules of our societies ; all which 
we are taught of God to observe, even in his written word, the 
only rule, and the sufficient rule both of our faith and practice. 



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And all these we know his Spirit writes on every truly awakened 
heart. If there be any among us who observe them not, who 
habitually break any of them, let it be made known unto them 
who watch over that soul, as they who must give an account. 
We will admonish him of the error of his ways ; we will bear 
with him for a season. But then, if he repent not, he hath no 
jnore place among us. We have delivered our own souls. 
May 1, 1743. J. & C. Wesley. 



RULES RELATING TO THE SOCIETIES. 

I. Of Receiving Members in the Society. 

1. It is the duty of the leaders to declare any persons on trial 
improper to be received into the society : and," after such a 
declaration, the preachers shall not admit such person into 
society. 

2. Neither the preachers in charge, nor any other, shall give 
tickets to any, till they are recommended by a leader with whom 
they have met, at least, three times in class. 

3. No preacher shall give notes, (admitting persons on trial) 
to any but those who are recommended by one he knows, or 
till they have met three or four times in a class. 

4. He must give them the rules of the society, the first time 
they meet. 

5. As some of our people have in different parts of the 
country, been imposed on, in various ways, by swindlers, who 
professed themselves members of our society, let no person be 
received into any society without a certificate, signed by one 
of the preachers in the circuit, or station, from whence he pro- 
fesses to have come. 1799. 

II. Of the Exclusion of Members from the Society. 

\ . The far greater number of those that are separated from 
us, exclude themselves by neglecting to meet in class, and use 
the other means of grace, and so gradually forsake us. With 
regard to others, 

2. Our rule is fixed, and our custom expressed in the pre- 
ceding rules of society, where it is said, " If there be any 
among us, who observe them not, who habitually break any of 
them, — we will admonish him of the error of his ways ; we 
will bear with him for a season : but then if he repent not, he 
ihath no more place among us." 

3. No person must be expelled from the -society .for way 



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breach of our rules, or even for manifest immorality, till such 
fact or crime has been proved before the class. 

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III. Of permitting Strangers to be present at the Society Meet- 
ings and Love-Feasts. 

1. Let every third meeting of the society be for the mem- 
bers of the society only ; and let no strangers be admitted. 
At other times some may be permitted to be present ; but the 
same person not above three times. 

2. Let all the members of the society show their tickets ; 
and if the stewards and leaders are not exact, others must be 
employed that have more resolution. 

3. Let no person attend any love-feast without a note from 
the preacher. 

4. Let no love-feast be appointed but by the consent of the 
preacher in charge. 

IV On Conformity to the World and Sabbath-breaking. 

1. To prevent or remedy the evils of dram-drinking, evil-speak- 
ing, unprofitable conversation, lightness, expensiveness, or gay- 
ety of apparel, and contracting debts without due care to dis- 
charge them, or smuggling, buying, or selling uncustomed goods, 
the preachers shall solemnly and frequently warn the societies 
against these evils, and inform them that they who are guilty of 
them, cannot be permitted to remain with us. 

2. We strongly recommend to all the members of our societies, 
the religious observation of the Lord's day, and desire our so- 
cieties to exclude from society all who buy or sell on that sacred 
day, except in case of medicine for the sick, or for supplying 
necessaries for funerals. 

3. No member of our society must employ any barber on the 
Lord's <day And all our people, who possibly can, are desired 
to employ only those barbers, who conscientiously abstain from 
sabbath breaking. 

4. No member of our society must make any feast, or go to 
any on the Lord's flay, but bear a public testimony against them, 

V Of Marrying with Unbelievers. 

Same of our me;, bers have married with unbelievers, yea, 
with unawakened persons. This has had fatal effects. They 
have had either a cross for life, or turned back unto perdition. 
To put a stop to this, every preacher is enjoined to enforce fre- 
quently tbf. apostle's caution, " Be not unequally yoked." And 
he is openly to declare that whoever does this shall be put back 



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on trial. When any such are put back, he is to subjoin a suita- 
ble exhortation, and to urge all single persons to take no step 
in so weighty a matter, without advising with the most serious 
of their Christian friends. 



OF THE MANNER OF APPOINTING THE MINISTERS 
AND PREACHERS TO THE CIRCUITS, STATIONS, AND 
CONGREGATIONS. 

Ques. 1. How shall the Ministers and Preachers be appoint- 
ed to the circuits, stations, and congregations ? 

Ans. The Conference shall choose (by ballot) a committee, 
out of their own body, of not less than four, nor more than six, 
one half Ministers, and the other from among the delegates oi 
the Conference. 

Ques. 2. What are the duties of the Appointing Committee ? 

Ans. 1 . To retire to some suitable place from the Conference, 
where they shall have stated to them the particular situation of 
every circuit, station, and congregation, within the bounds of 
the annual state Conference, (so far as it relates to the 
appointments) and shall grant the petitions of the people, as far 
as practicable. 

2. To ascertain how many Ministers and Preachers there 
are, who give themselves up to the Conference to travel and 
labour, according to its directions. 

3. To inquire into the particular situation of those Ministers 
and Preachers, so far as it relates to the appointments. 

4. They shall then proceed to make out the appointments 
to the best of their judgment. 

5. After they have fixed on all the appointments as above, 
the Conference shall be collectively convened, when the Secre- 
tary of the Committee shall proceed to read off the appoint- 
ments, as they have made them out, one by one, till through. 

6. If any of the Ministers, Preachers, or Delegates of the 
circuits, stations, or congregations, should be dissatisfied with- 
fche appointments of the Committee, they shall have the right of 
appeal to the Conference, who shall hear their objections, and 
decide on the subject without debate ; and the judgment of a 
majority of the Conference shall be final. 

7. But should the parties be dissatisfied with the decision of 
the Conference, they shall be considered guilty of a breach of 
republican government, and therefore rising up against ours ; 
and the Conference shall inflict such punishment as may to them 
seem right, according to the offence. 



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Ques. 3. What shall be done in order to remedy the diffi- 
culties that may exist, during the recess of the Annual State 
Conference, respecting the circuits, stations, congregations, 
and Preachers ? 

Ans. 1. The Annual State Conference shall choose (by 
ballot) from among the elders, a Visiting Elder, who shall hold 
his office for one year, except for immorality, and be subject to 
re-election three years. 

2. But he shall not be subject to re-election, on any account 
whatever, more than three years successively. 

Ques. 4. What are the duties of the Visiting Elder ? 

Ans. 1. To visit, as much as possible, all the quarterly 
meetings, and camp-meetings, within the bounds of the Annual 
State Conference, but shall not sit as chairman in any of the 
quarterly conferences, where there is an Elder of our Society 
appointed to the charge by the Conference, except by the 
request and desire of said Elder. 

2. To visit those quarterly meetings where there is not an 
Elder, (as above), and see that there are proper records kept of 
all the business, as far as practicable. 

3. It is his duty, as much as possible, to preserve order and 
decorum, in all meetings of business where he shall act as- 
chairman. 

4. It is his duty to preach, as much as practicable, in all the 
Societies, both great and small, within the bounds of the Annual 
State Conference. 

5. To administer the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, in all 
those Societies where they are not otherwise provided for by 
the Conference, as often as it may be practicable. 

6. It shall be his duty, (in the recess of Conference, by the 
request of two-thirds of all the members of any circuit, station, 
or congregation,) to change the appointment of the Preacher, 
or Preachers, as the case may be, so that all is done for the 
good of the Church. 

7. On receiving information of any of the Preachers neglect- 
ing their appointments, it shall be his duty to either see the 
delinquent, or write to him immediately on the subject, and 
warn him of the consequence of his continuing to neglect his 
duty ; and if he does not mend, on hearing of it a second time, 
he shall then visit him personally, and if there are not sufficient 
reasons assigned for the neglect, he shall see that the quarterly 
conference be called to meet, according to our Rules of 
Discipline on such occasions, and a majority of the members 
of soid conference shall be a quorum competent to investigate 



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the case ; and if the delinquent be clearly convicted, and there 
are not sufficient marks of penitence, and promise of amend- 
ment, the Visiting Elder, with the judgment of a majority of 
the members present, shall suspend the said delinquent, until 
the next District Meeting. 

8. Should the above case occur, then it shall be the duty of 
the Visiting Elder to call into the place some suitable Minister, 
or Preacher, to fill the circuit, or station, vacated as above, 
until the meeting of the next Annual State Conference, but no 
longer. 

9. It shall be his duty, to call into action, as many Ministers 
or Preachers, as the case may be, during the recess of Confer- 
ence, as he may find ground for them to occupy ; but never- 
theless, no appointment shall stand longer than the sitting of 
the next Annual State Conference. 

10. He shall not continue in any one place any longer than 
is absolutely necessary to accomplish the business of his mission. 

11. He shall advise the people to contribute liberally towards 
the support of the ministry-, and preach on the subject occasion- 
ally, at suitable times and places, as far as it may be consistent 
with his standing. 

12. He shall use his influence to collect money, for a general 
fund, to carry on the Itinerancy in the Methodist Societies. 

13. Should a Preacher locate, during the recess of Confer- 
ence, it shall be the duty of the Visiting Elder, (by the request 
of the people of the circuit, or station,) to fill the place with 
some Preacher, Deacon, or Elder, as soon as practicable, who 
shall remain in said appointment, until the next Annual State 
Conference. 

14. He shall form, or assist in forming, as many circuits as he 
may find suitable men to fill, during the intervals of Conference. 

15. Should the labour so increase in any of the circuits, that 
the Preacher or Preachers are not able to perform it, the 
Visiting Elder, if desired, shall endeavour to send on such help 
as may be thought expedient, according to the circumstance of 
the case. 

16. In case of disputes among the Preachers on the circuits, 
or in the stations, the Visiting Elder shall use the utmost of his 
influence, to make reconciliation among the contending parties. 
But if he cannot reconcile them, he shall see that a special 
meeting of the quarterly conference be called immediately, 
according to Discipline, to examine into the case, and notify 
the contending parties to appear ; and a majority of the 



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members being met at the time and place^ shall proceed to 
investigate the case, according to Discipline. 

17. Should there ever be a case, of a Minister or Preacher 
being accused of a gross act or acts of immorality, Who resides 
at so remote a distance from any part of our Connexion, as to 
make it impracticable to call him to account before a quarterly 
meeting conference, in that case, the Visiting or some other 
Elder of our Society, shall go into the neighbourhood where 
the accused resides, and inquire into the case, and take down 
the testimony of responsible witnesses ; and if he is fully satis- 
fied that the Minister or Preacher has acted grossly immoral, 
he shall suspend him from his official offices in the Church, 
until the next District Meeting, who shall review the whole 
proceedings, and give their judgment accordingly. 

18. It shall be the duty of the Visiting Elder, to give a strict 
account of all the money, and presents, that he shall receive for 
.his own support, which account he shall give to the Conference 
yearly. 

1 9. He shall give a strict account of all the moneys that he 
may collect, or that may be put into his hands for the general 
fund of the Itinerant Ministry, and pay over the same yearly 
to the stewards of the Conference, and take their receipts for 
the same. 

'zQ. He shall keep a regular journal of his travels and labours, 
and give a copy of the same to the Conference yearly. 



OF THE WAY AND MANNi R OF RAISING A FUND FOR 
THE PURPOSE OF CARRYING ON THE ITINERANT 
MINISTRY AMONG US. 

Ques. 1. What method shall we adopt, in order to raise a 
general fund lor the support of the I tit eiant Ministry ? 

Ans. Let the Conference appoint four stewards, from among 
the members of the Conference, one hail ministers, and the 
pther commissioners of the private men* hers. 

Ques. 2. What are the duties of the Stewards of Conference ? 

Ans. 1. To receive, and keep a regular account, of all the 
moneys collected, both by the ministers and members of our 
Societies, for the general fund. 

°2. To give a regular account of the same to the Conference 
yearly, and give receipts to those of wh< m they receive it. 

3. They shall hold sacred all the moneys they receive at 
above, for the purpose lor which it was t ef igned. 

4.- /h&y shall only pay out those n.trejs by the^directions of 
the Conference, and to such persons as the Conference mav 



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direct, provided it is to those who labour in the ministry, and 
Jaave not received a sufficiency for their support. 

Ques. 3. What shall be farther done, in order to raise a 
general fund ? 

Ans. 5. Let all the official members of the Societies, do alf 
in their power to set before the members the necessity of their 
contributing liberally for the support of the ministers who 
labour among them. 

6. Let them state the condition of the Connexion at large, 
and the necessity of a general fund, with the impossibility of 
having a travelling ministry without it ; and, in a scriptural and 
proper manner, use their influence (by subscriptions and collec- 
tions) to raise something yearly for said general fund. 

7. They shall hold all such moneys sacred,, for the purpose 
for which they are designed, until they have an opportunity of 
paying, or causing to be paid, the said money to the Conference 
Stewards, and taking their receipts for the same. 

8. They shall not make use of such moneys for their own, or 
any other purpose, save that designed, and directed by the 
Conference. 

9. Should it so happen, that any of the ministers or members 
should make use 4 of the money belonging to the Church, as 
above, they shall be dealt with as in other cases of impiety, 
according to Discipline. 

Taber Chadwick, President. 
George Thomas, Secretary. 



EXTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES OF ROCHESTER 

CONFERENCE. 

The Conference commenced on the 23d day of May, and 
rose on the 28th, 1827. 

Orren Miller, President. 
Zenos Covel, Secretary. 

Rochester District. 
Names. Residence. 

Orren Miller, - - Rochester. 
Solon Pierce, - Yorkshire, Cataraugus Co, 

Zenos Covel,* - - Ontario. 
Amos Benton, - - Sparta. 
Jonathan A. Miller, Nunda. 
Timothy Freeman, - Perry. 
Joseph Carter, - Toronto, Upper Canada, 

.John Fenton, (Elect) York, Upper Canada. 



Elders. 



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Deacons. 



Lay Com- 
missioners. 



Names. Residence. 

'Joseph Donnolds, - Buffalo. 
Coiebern Blake, Yorkshire. 

George E. Steadman, Clorendon. 



Isaac Fister, 
James Buckford, 
Daniel Washbern, 
Matthew Cowlen, 
Elie Griffith, - - 
William Palmer, - 
L. I. Lincoln, 
Samuel Stroger, 
William Hewler, - 
Hyram Kellogg, - 
A. Crosur, 
Daniel Smith, - - 



Greece. 
Rochester. 
Orangeville. 
Rochester. 

Do. 

Do. 

Do. 
Pennfield. 
Greece. 
Sparta. 
Orangeville. 
Perry. 



Oneida District. 



Elders. 



Lay Com- 
missioners. 



" Moses Northrop, 
Nathaniel Ames, 
Nelson Palmer, - 
Henry Lyon - - 

'John Cloyswell, ■ 

• William Miller, 

k Silas Pratt, 



- Lee. 

- Steuben. 

- Western. 

- Lawrence, Jefferson Co< 

- Western. 

- Utica. 
Lee. 



Conhocton District. 



Elders. 

Deacon. 

Lay Com- 
missioners. 



Salmon Brownson, ■ 

Elisha Brownson, 
„ James Throp, 

John Eudy, - - ■ 

Thomas B^ck, 

Arch able Morris, 

Justic Bartholomew, 
„H. Culver, - • 

Burlington District. 

David Reundell, - - Burlington 
Benjamin Landon, 
l^zra Landon, 



Conhocton. 

Do. 
Alfred. 
Canada. 
South Danville. 

Do. 
Howard. 
Independence. 



Do. 
Do. 



Elders. 

Deacon. 

Note. — Those marked thus (*) were ordained at this con- 
ference. The preachers are stationed at those places opposite 
their respective names. The total number of members this 
year, in this conference, is 529. The Burlington District is set 
off to be known as the Pennsylvania Annual State Conference. 



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EXTRACTS FROM THE BALTIMORE MINUTES. 

The Conference met in Baltimore, on the 5th day of May, 
1827. 

William Mitchell, President. 
James Esendor, Secretary. 

Elders. Licensed Preachers. 



William Mitchell. 
Mabary Parks. 

Deacons. 



William Walters. 
Job Walters. 



James Esendor. 
James McCausland. 



Aaron Edwards. 
George D. Hamilton, Expelled. 
We Resolved, to express our desire, (to the other Annual 
State Conferences,) to call a Convention in Baltimore, in June. 
1828. 

Note. — The number in Society, in Baltimore Conference, 
is 110. 



Note. — The New-York Conference Resolved, that we think 
it expedient to call a General Convention. 



By a communication from Columbia County, Georgia, of the 
10th of June, 1827, the New- York Annual State Conference 
were requested to recognise those Preachers, and Societies, as 
being in connexion with us, and to send them some help, for 
organization ; the Conference resolved, to grant their re- 
quest, &,c. 

Licensed Preachers in Georgia. 

Jesse Morris. Jeremiah Swayne. 

Robert McKorkle. John F. JefFers. 

The number in society was 60 at the time the above com- 
munication was dated. We have not received communications 
yet from the brethren in Cincinnati, Ohio ; nor from Kentucky * 
their Conferences not having yet met. 

Note. — The Conferences above are in full connexion with us. 

(£r Qur Hymn Books and Disciplines are constantly for sale 
at No. 101 Thompson-street, N. Y. We wish our members to 
feel themselves interested in furnishing themselves with them as 
&e expense of printing, &c, has been very considerable. ' 



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•. -,' r.-l 'T , " i . '. .... - . ■ i . i., . . . BTT- - 

NOTICE. 

We have recently (since Conference) seen the Minutes 
so called) published by Wm. M. Stilwell last fall ; wherein 
there are some statements that we think require correcting. And 
as we have no other method, at present, of communicating the 
necessary information on the subject, we have thought best to 
make a few remarks upon it, after the closing of our Minutes. 

On page 1st he states, "the members of the Sixth Yearly Con- 
ference, of the Methodist Society, assembled in the Meeting 
House, Chrystie-street, N.Y., on the 8th of November, 1826." 

Note. — We wish the public to understand, that whatever 
members might have met in Chrystie-street Meeting House, 
they could not form, or constitute, the Sixth Yearly Conference : 

1st. Because there were nut nine who could claim their seats, 
as being entitled to act in Conference as members. See Disci- 
pline, page 22, sec. v. 

2d. Because there were not a sufficient number of the mem- 
bers of the Conference to constitute " a quorum to transact 
buisness ;" who met in Chrystie-street, and of course, if they 
acted as a Conference, they must have broke the second article 
of the Constiution ; which says, the " majority of whom shall 
form a quorum to transact business." See the Discipline, page 
3. Section 1st, Article 2d, of the Constitution. 

But it may be asked, How many members were there be- 
longing to the New- York Yearly Conference ? We answer, 
there were twenty-four ordained Ministers, according to the 
Minutes of 1825. See pages 4th and 5th of the Minutes. 

But how many of those, (who were ordained Ministers,) were 
there who met in Chrystie-street ? Answer. Only nine who 
had any right to claim their seats, as members of the New- 
York Conference. See their names in our Minutes of last fall 
Conference, published in thi3 work. 

But some may say, there are more ordained Ministers pub' 
lished in Mr. Stilwell's Minutes ; we admit it : but they are 
members of another, that is Connecticut, Conference ; and of 
course, had no official right in the New- York Conference. 

Furthermore, it may be asked, Where were the other mem- 
bers of the Conference ? that is, the Ministers of which the 
New-York Conference was composed ? Answer. The trustees 
of Chrystie-street published a note in the New- York Observer, 
stating, that their doors would not be opened for the recep- 
tion of those men in Conference, although it was their right t© 
have met there ; both by the Constitution, and act of adjourn- 
ment of the preceding Conference, of 1825, because they were 



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the majority. See their names enroled in our Minutes, and the 
Constitution of the Methodist Society, with the act of adjourn- 
ment in the Minutes of t825, page 8th. But it may be said 
"they withdrew ;" this we absolutely deny ; we never with- 
drew. But why were those ministers, then, not permitted to 
meet in the place of their previous adjournment ? Because 
they, with their lay brethren generally, would not submit to be 
led about (by the nose,) by a few individuals. But had the 
trustees a right to keep them out of the meeting-house ? They 
had according to law ; that is, the law of this state. But we 
do not think they had, either according to the laws of God, or 
the Church. 

Again, on page 5 of his Minutes, so called, we find the fol* 
lowing statement : — kk Unanimously Resolved, that those minis- 
ters and preachers, who were members of our last Yearly Con- 
ference, whose names are signed to the Constitution published 
by a convention, held in this city, in May and June last, in the 
meeting-house, Sullivan-street, be no longer considered as 
members of this Conference." 

Note. — Let the public here observe the absurdity of the 
above resolution. Co^ld any ever have supposed, that Mr. 
Stilwell woura so soon have forgotten those pieces published by 
him, at different times, concerning the maladministration of 
those from whom he separated ? and their tyranny exercised 
over the ministry and membership ? It is hardly possible. But 
matter of fact demonstrates, that he either must have forgot, 
or that he left them, because he could not exercise himself 
enough in using the ikon rod over his brethren, and that he 
might have the better opportunity to do it elsewhere ; for where 
h there a parallel to the act in the above Resolution ? Can the 
history of Methodism furnish its equal? We presume not. Can 
the history of any church, save that of the " Mother of Har- 
lots" produce its equal ? We think not. Could it have been 
supposed, that a man, who professes to be a freeman, and a. 
republican too, would ever have given the public so noted an 
example of despotism ? But so is the fact. Can the minority 
of any body, (either civil or ecclesiastical, where the govern- 
ment is a republic,) expel the majority, without usurping a 
power, that was never given them, either by the God of nature, 
providence, or grace ? And yet, in the above case, this is a noto- 
rious matter of fact. Only let those persons appeal to their dis- 
cipline ; and there examine, whether they can find data te 
sanction such antisjriptural proceedings. 

Again, on page 7, we find the following " Note. For the 



information of such persons as are not fully acquainted urii 
our mode of proceeding, we state, none are published ; 
these Minutes, but such as belong to the hew-York Confer em 
and continue under the Discipline adopted by us in 1821 

Note. — We wish it distinctly understood, that there must 1 
quite a mistake, in both the items, contained in this last quol 
tion. For we presume Mr. Stilwell could not be ignorant, th 
by the request of the brethren in Connecticut, the New-Yc 
Conference set them off in a Conference by themselves, 
November, 1825, when he himself was president of the Ne 
York Conference, and was appointed by the same to attend ' 
organization of this new one, at Bridgeport. See Minutes 
1825, page 8. 

Again, he could not be ignorant of the organization of t 
Conference, on the 18th of May, 1826, for he was present 
the time ; and, we think, opened the Conference thread 
and prayer. Furthermore, he must have knoyvjQ$08ci when 
Conference adjourned, it adjourned to mee.t;^ again in Soi 
wick, Mass. the 27th of May, 1827,",-^(See Minutes of 
Bridgeport Conference, page 5) — therefore, he must have knc 
that those Ministers and members >did not belona to the N 
York Conference ; for how could they, in the name of comr 
sense, belong to two at one and the same time ? 

Lastly, — How could those men, who belonged to the Eas 
Conference, join again in the New-York Conference, whe 
did not meet in Chrystie-street ; that is to say, the majo 
according to the Constitution of the Society : for the majo 
(according to Discipline,) met in Sullivan-street Meet 
House, on the 8th of November, 1826. — See the Minutes, 

Again, it is said, they " continue under the Discip 
adopted in 1821." — This also must be a mistake, for 
Discipline was altered in 1824, and Mr. Stilwell canno 
ignorant of it, for he was the man who did it, and that wit 
the knowledge or consent of his brethren generally ; and 
twelve hundred copies of it printed, which caused great diss 
faction throughout the Connexion. 

The alteration consisted, 1st. In a transposition of 
Articles of the Constitution. 2d. The alteration of the 
relative to renewing the License of the Preachers by the 
ference. 3d. An addition, of a burial-service ; and 4ti 
nine resolutions, called Resolutions of Conference, but v 
were never passed constitutionally ; besides, the doctrine 
tained in them is directly in opposition to other parts o 
Discipline. For these alterations, see Discipline, pages 1 
68, and 70.